The Crime and Justice in a Diverse Society Micro-Credential offers a critical understanding of sociological theories and research in the fields of criminology, gender, race, class, sexuality and immigration. Students will learn to think critically about power, inequality and marginality in the criminal justice system. This micro-credential prepares students for advanced study or work in the fields of law, nonprofit or advocacy work, public policy, criminology, and sociology.
Q. What is a Micro-Credential?
A. Smaller than a minor, certificate or degree program, micro-credentials allow you to meet your personalized learning needs by gaining knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your academic or professional goals. Micro-Credentials equip you with "digital badges" that showcase your achievements.
Q. Who is eligible for the Crime and Justice in a Diverse Society program?
A. This program is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the subject of criminology. Sociology majors might consider enrolling in this program to gain expertise in this area. Students from other departments may find that this program adds value to their degree. UB students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall in order to enroll. Non-degree students seeking a credential, but not yet ready to pursue a four-year degree, may be interested as well. Non-degree learners should visit the registrar's website for more information.
Q. What skills will I obtain?
A. The Crime and Justice in a Diverse Society Micro-Credential will prepare students to work in fields related to the criminal justice system like law enforcement, nonprofit or advocacy work, public policy, or law. In the required coursework for this micro-credential, students will learn about the sociological theories and research in the fields of criminology, gender, race, class, sexuality and immigration, and will learn to think critically about power, inequality and marginality in the criminal justice system. This micro-credential will also prepare students for advanced study in the fields of law, criminal justice, criminology and sociology.
Q. How long will it take to complete this program?
A. Approximately three semesters if you take the courses one at a time. The program can be completed more quickly if you take more than one course for the micro-credential at a time.
Q. What will I earn when I complete this program?
A. You will earn a notation on your academic transcript as well as a "digital badge" that you may use on your digital resume or social media sites.
Q. How do I enroll?
A. An online enrollment form can be found below.
To learn more about Micro-Credentials and digital badges, please visit: buffalo.edu/micro-credentials. For more information specifically about the Crime and Justice in a Diverse Society Micro-Credential, please contact Kristen Schultz Lee, director of undergraduate studies.
Learners are required to complete nine (9) credits of coursework. Students must earn a "B" or better in the following courses:
1. One (1) required course: SOC 211 Sociology of Diversity
2. Two (2) elective courses from the following:
Please see the Undergraduate Catalog for current course descriptions.
Following completion of the crime and justice in a diverse society coursework, students must submit a 5-page integrative paper drawing on material from the courses they have taken to Kelly Crean, undergraduate program coordinator. The paper must address one of the following topics and cite at least 5 academic readings from the crime and justice in a diverse society coursework:
Please complete and submit the following application form: